Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was lots of fun.
I have an exciting little announcement to make.... You may have noticed over on my left sidebar, there is now a button that will take you to the Marmalade on-line fabric shop. Marmalade is now a sponsor for my blog! Woo hoo!
I've wrestled with this idea of sponsorship for a while. I have thought it might be kind of fun to have blog sponsors, but with that comes some responsibility, which I take very seriously. And I really feel strongly that if I can't say something nice, I don't like to say it. So, when I think about a blog sponsor, I would want my sponsors be businesses whose commitment to service and general attitude are ones I agree with. I also would want sponsors whose products I can say really good things about. In other words, I'm picky. I won't blow smoke at you.
That is why I was (and continue to be) so honored when Amanda Herring (The Quilted Fish) asked me to work on her design team. And, it's why Iam really excited to get involved with Tammy Vasser of Marmalade.
I met Tammy when I was at Market this spring. I had a great conversation with her. You know how you meet someone and immediately feel like you could be really good friends with them? That's how I felt when I met Tammy. (Too bad she lives in Kansas City, and I live in Michigan!) She is so bubbly, fun, and sweet. (Ummmm...and beautiful!) I am so happy to get to work with her in this capacity!
Tammy told me to pick some fabrics that I wanted to work with and she'd send them to me. I've ordered from Tammy several times, and every time I order from her, you get a very neatly wrapped and packed package. The package is always tied up with a pretty piece of orange grosgrain ribbon (which I always save and stash!), along with a lovely hand-written note. I always have to wait a few days to open my packages, because it's packaged up so nice, I hate to ruin it! LOL
I decided I wanted to make some more fabric shopping bags. But this time, I wanted to try using canvas for the outside fabric. I found this really beautiful Ojai Home Decor fabric by Alexander Henry on Marmalade's website. I just swooned over it! I knew that I wanted to work with it. And I knew I wanted to use some solid Kona for the handles and lining. I asked Tammy to just pick a solid Kona and surprise me. I think it's fun to sew with fabric that I didn't pick. It gets me out of my color rut. I'm so glad I did that. I probably would have picked purple for the handles. But Tammy picked this awesome red. I think it is an absolutely fantastic combination! The color is Kona Poppy, I believe, according to my awesome Kona Color Card I won in a giveaway from Tammy. I LOVE owning one of these! It's so helpful for choosing colors!
I also picked this Outside Oslo Dawn Frond from The Needle Shop (Jessica Jones). I loved its clean lines and simple design, as well as the colors. Again, it's a canvas. Again, I asked Tammy to pick a coordinating color of Kona for me. How about this awesome turquoise?! Love it! It is Kona Glacier.
So, I set to sewing. I used the Grocery Bag pattern from Michelle Patterns, which I reviewed here. (I purchased the pattern with my own money.) This time, I decided I would make the large grocery bag to see how that one functions.
And here is how the first one turned out. I am loving it! I really adore how it looks. The fabric really makes it! I love, love, love the red handles. I used red thread for my topstitching to coordinate with the handles.
This one (large) holds two large cereal boxes and has plenty of room to spare for other stuff.
I never got a close-up shot of the bag bottom in my review of the pattern. Here is one for you. You can see it's sort of a box bottom, but not completely. It's very much like the bottom on the little plastic bags you get at the store.
And here, Sweet Pea models it again for you. I am loving these turquoise handles. Just beautiful. I think it would also look pretty with mustard or gray handles. I used turquoise thread for the top stitching to coordinate.
I'd like to thank Tammy for the beautiful fabrics to work with and for helping me with my color selections. That's Tammy's style....always really helpful whenever I need it as a customer!
So, how about a giveaway?!
I thought these little canvas and Kona scraps would be wonderful for making some of the little lavender sachets like I made with my Lucy's Crab Shack scraps.
So, in honor of the fact that I can actually grow lavender, I have cut up my scraps into 4" squares and will give away three "kits" for making lavender sachets. (The lavender in the kits is commercially grown and not mine.) In your kit, you'll receive a 4" scrap of canvas, a 4" scrap of Kona, a button, and a little package of lavender. This giveaway is open to international blog readers. However, if you live outside the US, I will not include the lavender, as I don't know how Customs will deal with dried flowers.
You can find the tutorial for making the lavender sachets free at The Purl Bee.
To enter the giveaway:
- Please visit the Marmalade shop. It's important that you do so by clicking one of the Marmalade links here in this post. This will allow Tammy to see how many "clicks" she receives from my blog. This will be helpful to me and to Tammy to deterimine how many readers are referred to her through my blog post. (Being the nerd I am, I love data. I like to see the effects of things using empirical measures.) So, I would appreciate it if you would click the link, visit Marmalade, and look around.
- Come back here and leave a comment. Let me know what your favorite fabric is in her store. Give me an idea of something you'd like to see me work with in the future!
That's it! I'll leave the giveaway open until Sunday, October 14. I'll close the giveaway sometime in the late afternoon or evening and pick a few names. Good luck!
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THE WINNERS WERE COMMENTERS 5, 24, AND 22. CONGRATULATIONS TO TERESA, CINDY, AND DONNA!
Until next time,
Full Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Marmalade. Marmalade provided me with all the fabrics shown in this post at no cost to me. In return, Tammy asked that I make something with her fabrics and to blog about it.